Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be

  • by Frank Bruni
  • Narrated by Frank Bruni
  • 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no.
That belief is wrong. It's cruel. And in Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be, Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety it provokes.
Bruni, a best-selling author and a columnist for the New York Times, shows that the Ivy League has no monopoly on corner offices, governors' mansions, or the most prestigious academic and scientific grants. Through statistics, surveys, and the stories of hugely successful people who didn't attend the most exclusive schools, he demonstrates that many kinds of colleges - large public universities, tiny hideaways in the hinterlands - serve as ideal springboards. And he illuminates how to make the most of them. What matters in the end are a student's efforts in and out of the classroom, not the gleam of his or her diploma.
Where you go isn't who you'll be. Americans need to hear that - and this indispensable manifesto says it with eloquence and respect for the real promise of higher education.

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I now have excitement about the college search

This book appeared at a most opportune time as we set out on college visits. I am working with my daughter to broaden her search and expectations about prospective schools. Many exciting options if one steps back and looks at what it is you really want college to be. This book confirmed my sense that a different approach to and assessment of the schools we look at will pan out to a richer experience. I am going to relax a bit and trust it will play out well.
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- deborah

A book that reinforces it's premise to exhaustion

I struggled to finish this book, due to a premise that getting to an Ivy League School won't ruin your life. The author spent too many chapters detailing how worked up upper middle class gets about their kids not getting to the right school, the admission statistics, and how other colleges pour out successful people as much as the sought after pseudo social ladder climbing Ivy league schools. I was convinced that this upper middle, costly secondary prep school students were too jacked up on entitlement from these college admission board by chapter 3. The last chapter and epilogue were well worth listening due to public opinion and a parental testimony.
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- Brandt Marshall

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-17-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio